New Delhi: Amid the nationwide lockdown which in effect to arrest the spread of COVID-19, India’s fuel demand dipped 45.8 per cent in April from a year earlier. Also Read - Immunity Sandesh: Kolkata Sweet Shop Prepares Dessert With 15 Different Herbs And Spices Amid COVID-19

Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 9.93 million tonnes – its lowest since 2007, Reuters quoted from government data. Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh Explains Her COVID-19 Journey, Reveals Her Mom-in-Law Developed The Symptoms First

As the economic activity came to a halt following the lockdown orders in March, fuel retailers across the country sold 50 per cent less refined fuel in the first two weeks of April than the same time a year earlier. Also Read - Delhi Borders Open, But Theatres And Banquet Halls to Remain Closed | Detailed List of Restricted, Permitted Activities Here

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day lockdown beginning March 25, shutting offices and factories, barring those involved in essential services. Also, flights were suspended, trains stopped plying, vehicles went off the road and cargo movement stopped as most people were asked to stay home to help check the spread of coronavirus.